The Tourism sector has in the recent past suffered as a result of the travel advisories issued by tourist source countries. The advisories come in the wake of violent attacks by Islamist militias.
In response to this, the government came up with a Tourism Recovery Strategy committee to help the sector recover.
The committee is comprised of various professionals who will suggest strategies to move the sector forward.Through the committee the sector is set to receive $2.4m boost from the government to help in its recovery.
Ms. Kandie, Cabinet Secretary for East African Affairs, Commerce and Tourism released the performance results for 2013 tourism sector that show a significant drop in the country’s largest income earner.
Total international arrivals for the year by air and sea dropped by 11.7 per cent to close at 1.09 million down from 1.23 million recorded in 2012 while Jomo Kenyatta International Airport arrivals dropped by 14 per cent to 900,000 from 1.047 million recorded in 2012.
The KTB has stated that the sector has dropped by 4% from the 381,000 within the first months of this year and it attributes this to the violence carried out by Islamist militias. Independent research by tourism operators indicates that the tourism circuit sector dropped by up to 50% while inland trips to parks and other destinations have dropped by 20%.
Kenya is championing Ecotourism
ECOTOURISM KENYA CERTIFIES FOUR MORE PROPERTIES WITH ‘GOLD LABEL’ STATUS
EcoTourism Kenya has just announced that four more of Kenya’s finest camps have passed the audit marks for the coveted ‘Gold Status’ making it 12 overall across the country’s national parks and game reserves. This attests to the quality of operational standards as well as for the strict application of a range of environmental mitigation measures to ensure the lowest possible impact on the surrounding areas and the use of state of the art technologies to reduce their carbon footprint.
Gamewatcher Safaris was awarded ‘Gold Status’ for the Amboseli Porini Camp, Cottars 1920 Mara Camp too attained the pass marks as did Kicheche Mara Camp and the Sanctuary Olanana.
Additionally do 55 camps and lodges hold EcoTourism’s ‘Silver Status’ and a further 32 properties now hold ‘
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- The Nairobi Railway Museum
This is a place where every traveler going through Nairobi should make a visit at least. The Museum is situated adjacent to what used to be known as the East Africa Railway and Harbours Corporation. The Museum was opened in 1971. The museum is a treasure to say the least a place that will take you back in time as you marvel at the ancient steam engines some of which have been restored to full functionality.
2.The Nairobi Safari Walk
If you are looking for a place where you can hang out with family and loved ones on a weekend, then this is the place to be. The safari walk is situated 7km south of Nairobi city.The facility is managed by the Kenya Wildlife Service . What i think is cool about this facility is its landscape design. The concept is that of three simulated forests i.e the wetlands and savannahs.
These climatic environments replicates some of the climatic conditions in Kenya. Visitors get the opportunity to learn about ongoing conservation efforts and how they can get involved. The facility is made up a long wide board walk, variety of animals some enclosed.
This is a jungle within the city, an awesome place to hangout when you need to get away from the hustle and noise of the city. The silence, fresh air and natural environment are refreshing and worth every minute of your time. You can run, cycle or simply just take a walk in the forest ass you soak it all. Situated about 10
4.The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is a charity started by Daphne Sheldrick in 1970 in memory of her late husband David Sheldrick. The trust manages an orphanage for elephants and rhinos. The trust works hand in hand with the Kenya Wildlife Service in the conservation of elephants and rhinos.
The museum was home to the Danish author best known for her book Out of Africa . She lived in the house between 1914-1931. The museum is located 10kms from the city center. The house gained international fame with the release of the Oscar winning movie based on her book Out of Africa. This is an amazing place where you can hang out and learn a bit of Kenya’s history.
Of course there are other cool places you can visit but this is just a list i came up with.